Friday, 18 December 2020
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
My comments will be confined to discussing the end of the year. This time last year, little did those of us who were in the Chamber think we would have the year that has just gone by. It has been a strange and tough year for many families, especially those who have lost loved ones along the way in difficult and strenuous circumstances. It has also been a very tough year for many in the business community, who struggle each day and will continue to do so for some time to come. Nevertheless, it is a time of year for families. I extend a happy Christmas to the Cathaoirleach and commend him on the job he has done since he took the Chair. He has been fair and impartial and I thank him and congratulate him for that. To the Leader and the rest of my colleagues in the Chamber, I wish for them a happy and healthy Christmas and, hopefully, a brighter new year. I cannot speak highly enough of Martin, Brigid and all the staff in the various sections of the Houses in the context of the courtesy they extend to us and for how helpful they are to us. I extend a happy and healthy Christmas to them and, hopefully, a brighter 2021.